Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Best Books I've Read in 2018 ( So Far... )


Today I am sharing with you the very best, the cream of the crop, the tip of the top of books that I have read so far in 2018! This post is part of Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. 2018 is my first full year of blogging and creating videos about my reading and I am so excited to share with you the best, because they are great! It's an awkward list of eight books ( instead of five, too few, or ten, too many) but I wanted to be sure that they were truly the best of the best so - let's get to it!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

10 Must Read Historical Fiction Novels Set in America - Top Ten Tuesday



Today I am sharing with you ten must read historical fiction books set in the ol' US of A in honor of July 4th! This post is part of Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genre's to read, so I happily adapted this week's theme of red, white, and blue. The books in this list are a mix between books I have read and love and books that I haven't read yet but can't wait to pick up!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Book Series I Would Like to Read ( or Reread! ) - Top Ten Tuesday


Today I am sharing with you the top five book series I would like to read (or reread)! This post is part of Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. This week's theme was a bit of a challenge for me - to be honest, series just aren't my thing. It's been a while, basically since the OG Harry Potter days, since I was really into a series. But, I know that there are some great ones out there, and some that I'd like to give another go. Let's chat!

Monday, June 25, 2018

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter - Book Review




"The Good Daughter" by Karin Slaughter is one of those stories that is *so* incredibly hard to describe to another person - as soon as I start typing or open my mouth I am worried that I am going to ruin it for some other potential reader. SO, carefully, I will say - this book is a suspenseful thriller that is part law procedural and part family drama. I don't even want to say who the main character is, and I definitely don't want to tell you about the unexpected events that created so much suspense. I don't want to go into those details, because I want you to experience the book the same way I did - it was *awesome*. I love the feeling of excitement that this book was able to evoke. I had to stop myself multiple times from jumping a paragraph or even a page or two ahead because I am just completely unable to handle this level of suspense!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout - Book Review



"My Name is Lucy Barton" follows main character Lucy after she recovers from surgical complications after an appendectomy. Her mother comes to visit her in the hospital. Lucy and her mother have a very strained relationship and they haven't spoken in years. Big chunks of the book are conversations between Lucy and her mother as they are reconnecting and Lucy's reflections on that - as well as Lucy reflecting on her other relationships - her husband, children, and her professional career. I'm pretty sure this is the most character driven book that I have ever read. It is also one of those books that relies heavily on the reader enjoying the artistic choices of the author. "My Name is Lucy Barton" is part poetry, but also part bizarre ramble - and then, for me, there were also these glimpses of brilliance.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood - Book Review





"Impossible Saints" is set in 1907, in England, and follows two main characters - Lilia and Paul. Paul lives an orderly and quiet life as an Anglican priest, and that is shaken slightly when he reunites with his childhood friend Lilia. Lilia was a village school teacher turned suffragist, and she definitely was a stand out character for me in the book. Fairly quickly, Lilia's and Paul's relationship develops into something more - and that leaves both characters questioning ideas that they had built themselves upon. I gave this book three stars because I enjoyed Lilia's character so much - but I just didn't feel like this book did any one thing particularly well. There wasn't that much history for historical fiction, and there wasn't that much for it to be about Lilia's and Paul's relationship.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Sinner by Petra Hammesfahr - Book Review





This book gets *super* weird - lets go ahead and start with that - and it was a buddy read for me, so sorry buddy BLERG lol you can pick next time! Okay, so it gets weird, but the premise is still pretty neat, and it's why I read the book, so lets discuss. This book follows a woman named Cora, she is a wife and mother, and she goes to the beach with her family one day and while she is there having a wonderful time with her family - she stabs a man, to death. When the investigators ask her why she did it, she claims that it is completely random, she doesn't know why. The rest of "The Sinner" follows Cora and the investigators as they try to unpack her life and find out exactly what her motivations could have been that day. This is one of those rare times when the the adaptation is better than the book. The narration style of "The Sinner" was completely chaotic and really took away from the suspense that the mini series was able to successfully build.

Friday, March 2, 2018

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater - Book Review




"The 57 Bus" by Dashka Slater is a non fiction book that I discovered through Book Riot ( god bless you, Book Riot). This book follows the lives of two teenagers - Richard, a black male teenager, and Sasha, a white agender teenager. One day, while Sasha was napping on the bus, Richard lit Sasha's skirt on fire which resulted in severe injuries for Sasha. Of course, Richard is arrested and then asked why he committed the crime, and when pushed to give reason to his thoughtless crime, his answer boiled down to hate. Richard is then charged with multiple hate crimes, and is facing life imprisonment. I loved the journalistic approach that Dashka Slater brought to this story. Each side of the story is presented in a way that is so relatable and understandable, and for that, also heartbreaking and incredibly confusing.

If you have read "The 57 Bus" I would love chat with you about it, please comment down below!


Monday, February 26, 2018

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson - Book Review



This non fiction book covers a wide range of topics in the field of astrophysics. And for someone who is not in the field of astrophysics professionally, or even as a hobby, I feel like this book covered a lot of information in a fairly deep manner, in a hurry - but it didn't provide a lot of how and why for the field, which negatively affected my reading experience. I tried to listen to the audiobook, because Neil deGrasse Tyson reading this to me should be a pleasure, but nope - couldn't do it! This book is under two hundred pages, but as I was reading it I had to go over each page two or three times. Until reading this I don't think I had a full appreciation for just how abstract all of these ideas are and how hard it is to wrap your brain around them. I do think I learned a lot from reading this book though and enjoyed the experience when I felt that the information was explained in an accessible manner!


Friday, February 23, 2018

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman - Book Review






 I love this book SO MUCH! And I think that it might be my new favorite fiction novel, and I can not possible tell you all of the reasons why, but you have to read this book! It follows a woman named Eleanor and she is wonderful, but she is definitely not "fine". Something terrible happened to Eleanor as a child and as a result she really struggles socially and also emotionally. And this book explores her experience, and how she might be able to heal from that trauma. You know those books, that you feel if everyone read them the world would be a better place? This is that book. I finished this books week ago, and let it sit with me before reviewing - I still think about it, and the things that it taught me.



Need more Eleanor? Click here to check out my Top 5 Favorite Quotes from "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine"!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Five Quotes I Loved // "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Artsy Girl. Each week there is a new prompt, and this week's prompt is book quotes you love!




Every now and then a book comes around that I don't just like, I LOVE - obsessed, even. It is my new favorite, and I want to tell the whole world about it, screaming from the internet rooftops about the glory that is this amazing book. And that's definitely the case with my recent read, "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman. SUCH an amazing book, which SO MANY breathtaking moments that I want to share with you! Check out the video above, or keep reading, for five quotes from "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" that I love!


Thursday, February 15, 2018

My Ultimate TBR - 100 Books I Want to Read



Who on the bookish internet doesn't have a TBR list that is just completly out of control? I want to meet this person - teach me your ways. I swear I add one or two books every single day to this ever growing list and IT IS GETTING OUT OF CONTROL. So, I sat down and found the books that I am *most* excited about - not just, yeah I'd like to read that, but like, omg I want to read this book *right now* try to stop me, excited. And I came up with 100 books. Check out the video above for my list, and please comment! I'd love to hear if you have any thoughts on these books, good or bad, and if you want to add to the list, well feel free to do that, too!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Reader Problems Tag



Reading through the questions for the reading problems tag, I realized I'm a pretty low stress reader, but I do have a couple of reading issues that get under my skin. Check out the video above or keep reading for my answers to this problematic questions!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Still Me by Jojo Moyes - Book Review




Many thanks to the author and publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. They also sent an additional copy my way to giveaway! Click the links below to enter!

STILL ME GIVEAWAY - US ONLY

"Still Me" is the third book in the series, and follows my, much beloved, Louisa Clark, on her newest adventure in New York City. She works there as an assistant to Agnes, the wife of a wealthy businessman. Agnes has some major secrets, and an agenda all of her own, and Louisa is left trying to pick up all of the pieces. " Still Me" is now my second favorite book in the series. I really like how the author returned to some of those more difficult topics that drew me to the first book in this series, "Me Before You". Louisa really struggles in this book in staying to her true self, her bumblebee striped tights wearing Louisa, while also exposing herself to all of these new opportunities that core person.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery - Book Review & GIVEAWAY


Thank you so much to the publisher, Penguin Random House, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review, as well a copy to share with you! Check out the link below to find out how to enter ( US only due to shipping costs, sorry).

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Top 5 Bookish Resolutions and Goals



Today I am sharing with you my top five bookish resolutions for 2018. This post is part of Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new theme, and I especially excited about this week's. I don't usually set resolutions for myself each year, but I do have some bookish things I want to accomplish so maybe this resolution business might be helpful : ) Keep reading, or watch the video above, to find out my bookish resolutions for 2018!